The intelligence, versatility, athleticism and work ethic of retired racehorses makes them ideal for a wide range of equine disciplines. We follow the transition and journey of racehorses from the track to their second career, and celebrate the people behind them including the wonderful work by industry acknowledged horse retrainers to retrain and rehome off-the-track thoroughbreds.
Koko Popping Candy is a retired racehorse who has teamed up with Olympian Amanda Ross and is now in line for selection for the delayed Tokyo Olympic Games in the equestrian sport of eventing.
Fiona McIntyre has a passion for retraining and rehoming off-the-track thoroughbreds and works tirelessly to ensure former racehorses lead happy, healthy and high achieving lives.
Trainers are committed to placing their horses in loving, happy homes post-racing. Pippa Warman at Flemington-based stable Ellerton Zahra takes us through their process.
The average lifespan of a thoroughbred is 25 years, yet most racehorses are retired before they reach the halfway mark. That means there’s plenty of time for another adventure.
When racehorses retire from the turf, there are many more options for them post-retirement. Polo is one of them, which can extend their careers a decade or more.
Loved by racing fans for his unique personality, breathtaking wins and that glorious dappled coat, the iconic grey Chautauqua is now happily finding his feet in the show arena.